Resources for unhoused & foster youth

  • AUSD's student Student Support Services office provides assistance to homeless students and their families in compliance with the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, an integral part of No Child Left Behind.

    McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act: All school-aged homeless children are entitled to the same free and appropriate public education that is provided to non-homeless students. Definition of Homeless: A student between the ages of 0 to 22, who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence, and:

    • Has a primary nighttime residence that is a shelter designated to provide temporary living accommodations such as shelters, motels/hotels, domestic violence shelters, and transitional housing
    • Lives in a car, park, abandoned building, public or private place not designed for, or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
    • Lives temporarily in a trailer park or camping area due to the lack of adequate living accommodations.
    • Lives “doubled-up” with another family, due to loss of housing, stemming from financial problems
    • Is abandoned at a hospital
    • Resides in a home for school-aged, unwed mother or mother-to-be, if there are no other available living accommodations
    • Is awaiting foster care in limited circumstances but does not include placement in a foster family, foster family agency or group home
    • Is placed by the state in an emergency shelter due to lack of alternative housing
    • Is an abandoned or runaway youth or migratory child living in any of the circumstances described above.

    The goal of AUSD Student Support Services is to work in collaboration with school personnel and community service agencies in an effort to maximize access to various educational, social, and enrichment programs that promote academic success and student achievement.

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